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Player availability tracking
Idea shared by Shaun Peet - June 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM
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The idea would be to build a way for players or their parents to indicate whether or not they will be in attendance for upcoming games or practices. 
 
The concern would be that attendance might go down if it were too easy or impersonal to be a no-show.
 

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James Morrison Replied
February 16, 2015 at 3:38 PM
I use Team Notes for this.  But I'm also the Ice Scheduler and a Coach so what I'm doing might not be available to everyone.
 
I don't think it's overly critical to give parents a way to indicate that online.  What is more crucial is to give coaches a way to enter the information they get from the parents/players in order to make sure they can plan accordingly.  So I would concentrate on that aspect of it.
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Shaun Peet Replied
November 23, 2015 at 5:41 PM
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We've heard a few people compare this feature to what's available in TeamSnap, so we've done some research on that platform.  In order to have availability tracking in TeamSnap, the minimum package required is their Basic package, costing $59.99 USD per year; and it would appear that the more popular package is the $89.99 USD per year plan.
 
The standard MBSportsWeb package provides teams with virtually every same feature as TeamSnap except the instant messaging and availability tracking, but we do so at a fraction of the cost - in fact, usually teams don't explicitly pay their association for their team's portion of the site.
 
Given that, we think it might be appropriate to build this feature as an add-on module but paid for directly by the teams, perhaps somewhere in the $19.99 - $29.99 CAD per year range.  If it's on the higher end, then a portion of that could even go back to the association to help offset the regular cost of the site.
 
Practically speaking, it would be better for teams to NOT transfer their schedule data from the main association site to somewhere else - it's just another opportunity for a mistake to happen and extra work.  So in theory the associations would promote our availability tracking in favour of an external system.
 
 

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